Coding can go wrong even for the most simple of treatments. A wrong CPT® code can be assigned if the coding dynamics revolving around strapping are not understood well. It is important to understand coding principles that will help in using the correct CPT codes for strapping. The following pointers will help you in applying the right codes:
Understand Payers Definitions
The first thing that needs to be done is to understand payer’s definition of strapping. Additionally, identify the method of strapping used. One method of strapping is Una boot which is basically a paste bandage. The CPT code for Una booth application is 29580. Another method of strapping is “buddy splint” which is canvas or foam strap. The CPT code for buddy splint is 29280(hand or finger) or 29550 (toes).